So, You Want to Become a Flagmarshal?!
Motor racing is exciting and demanding. Both driver and marshal derive satisfaction from being able to play their part. The difference between the driver and the Marshal is that the driver is an individual and the Marshal can only play his or her full role as a member of a TEAM. The prerequisite for a competent FLAGMARSHAL are:
- Commonsense and Team Spirit
Motor Racing is Dangerous
A fact of which everyone who attends meetings, is constantly reminded. Marshalling could be more dangerous because of the frontline positions to which the Flagmarshal is exposed. Protect yourself and your partner first.
Flagmarshalling can be uncomfortable
This can be greatly reduced by being prepared. Whatever the time of year, or the weather forecast, sufficient clothing for any condition must be taken with you. Should you join the VFT, you will be given the opportunity to purchase wet weather gear through Aussie Disposals, at reasonable cost. You will also be advised as to what type of clothing to take with you to race meetings.
On-track training is provided to all new officials and further training via special Training Days will take place from time to time, as determined by the Chief Flagmarshal and Training Committee. It is advisable to arrive at the circuit early, in plenty of time to sign-on at the specified time. This will allow organizers to provide you with information you will require to perform your duties, allow you to be covered by CAMS Insurance and allow the senior officials to check who has reported for duty, so that you can be allocated to a post. Allow yourself time to check your equipment. The time you take now, will save valuable minutes later on, if there is an emergency. Flagmarshals are the main form of communication between drivers on the track and the Officials running the meeting. They do this by displaying coloured flags in pre-arranged patterns. By use of the correct flag signals, the Flagmarshal can keep the driver informed of the state of the circuit, the occurrence and importance of any incident around the course, the presence of extraneous or slow vehicles on the track and the proximity of other competing cars. The flag system can be used to control the flow of the event or in fact, stop the event. It is a vital function and one which takes full concentration to carry out with the accuracy and judgment required. Here is a brief explanation of what the flags mean: click here
Benefits of being a Flagmarshall…
- Free entrance to race meetings
- Free meals whilst on duty at the circuit
- Free programs
- Meet people you would not normally meet
- Belong to a team
Flag marshals or any trackside official MUST be at least sixteen (16) years of age. If you feel that you would like to join the Victorian Flagmarshalling Team you can download the Application Form (PDF, 675Kb) and send it to the Secretary at Secretary@vicflag.org.au. If you would like some more information on what the VFT is all about, send us an email with your details and we will be in touch.